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Arthur Prelle How to Go Vegan

How to Go Vegan

Arthur Prelle How to Go VeganIt’s all the rage these days to forgo all animal products in favor of raw totally plant-based diets. Different from being a vegetarian, which still allows dieters to consume foods and goods that come from animals like eggs, honey, and wool, being vegan means abstaining from all animal products or byproducts, including but certainly not limited to sugars refined with animal fats, anything dairy-based, meat broth-based soups, and much more. Veganism has come into vogue lately as documentaries like Fed Up have explored the ugly underbelly of the food industry in the United States and turned up some stomach-turning truths about how foods are processed and manufactured.

The dawn of social media, particularly the likes of Instagram, has also made the community of raw, healthy eaters even more enticing both for the good of the environment and for the body. Naturally, given how much meat and other animal products Americans consume regularly, you may think it’s nearly impossible to be an American vegan, but a little bit of forethought can go a long way in making veganism an invaluable experience of mindful and healthful living. Here are some starting tips:

Load up on local veggies | Best diet practices indicate that even non-vegans should make vegetables the star of their meals. They’re less calorically dense and fill up a tummy on fibers and water so that there’s less room for unhealthful stuff like junk foods. As you meal prep and hunt on Pinterest for good recipes, always plan around your vegetables. Invest in spices, herbs, olive oils, and balsamic vinegars to add flavors from across the globe to your veggies of choice. Before you know it, your cravings for meat will be gone in favor of some flavorful greens!

Research Plant-based proteins | A major concern of those aspiring to veganism is how they’ll take in the appropriate amount of protein, given that the main sources of protein for Americans are meat- or egg-based. Rather than reaching for cheese or a hard-boiled egg when you need protein, opt for something in the bean, legume, or nut family. From soybeans to almonds, these foods are chock-full of proteins in that they have a lot of the nutrients needed to sprout into a full-grown plant someday. As you transition, ensure that there are beans spilling out all your cabinets.

Read the Labels | Unfortunately, shoppers are wont to conflate labels like “vegan” or “gluten-free” with “healthful,” and that’s not necessarily the case all the time. Packaged vegan foods can often be laden with extra fats that make them just as damaging to your arteries as non-vegan foods. Don’t let your guard down just because a food item claims to have no animal products in it. Continue to seek out vegetables above all else.

Get in your iron and B-12 | Dieticians warn vegans about some proteins that humans truly cannot get except through meat. Make sure that your new diet contains some precious metals and minerals. B-12, for example, helps our bodies break down foods, but we get it exclusively from meats. Humans’ main source of iron is usually red meats. You can usually be crafty about finding supplements or fortified cereals and nut milks that will help you reach your daily recommended dosage of these invaluable substances.

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Bike to Work This Summer

National Bike to Work Day is May 19, and advocates for more greener transportation are encouraging all who can to give up their cars for a day and commute exclusively with their pedals. Philadelphia especially has made a huge push for greener commutes either on your own bicycle or on one of the public bikes available for rent throughout the city. There are lots of good reasons why you should give up your gas guzzler in favor of a more sustainable vehicle.

Reduced Traffic. If you’re stuck in stop-and-go traffic, you’ll likely call your significant other to say “I’m stuck in traffic,” when in fact, you are the traffic. The fact that you, too, are in a car taking up space means that you’re contributing to the traffic that everyone on the road is experiencing. On a bike, though, you won’t be taking up the space your car does, so you won’t have to deal with the effects of the traffic you would have helped create. Fewer cars on the road means less traffic for everyone. Win win.

Save Money. As costly as gasoline is, you can save significant money by choosing to ride a bike to work. As the old saying goes, cars run on money and make you fat — bikes run on fat and save you money! Just make sure you pack some baby wipes and business clothes so you don’t make a big presentation drenched in sweat.

Much-needed You Time. Especially if your commute has a tendency to be trafficky, you might be starting your day way more stressed than you need to. Studies have demonstrated that spending more time in nature will literally help you destress and find more peace. So, if you need to start your day with less ajida, hop on your bike and pedal your way to some pre-work tranquility.

Let your subconscious do the leg work. Cognition studies have shown that often, walking or biking help people solve problems they’ve been stuck on for a while. If you push some of your pressing issues to your subconscious while you walk or bike, you might be able to figure out what’s been plaguing you while you’re focused on your bike ride.

See Your Neighborhood. If you’re whizzing by on your daily commute, you may have no idea what shops you pass, the landmarks you’re missing, or the hole-in-the-wall restaurant that may become your next favorite. Biking will give you the opportunity to view your neighborhood at a more leisurely pace.

Arthur Prelle | Every Man Should Do Yoga

Every Man Should Do Yoga

Yoga is all the craze these days, with instagram brimming with fit young adults posing in parks, at tourist landmarks, and in modern-rustic studios. You’ll notice pretty quickly, though, that it’s almost all women. Visit any local yoga studio and the vast majority of the students are women in skin-tight artisan yoga outfits, with perhaps a scant man here or there. I can tell you from personal experience, though, that men should absolutely practice yoga, as the benefits far outweigh the temporary embarrassment of being the only man in a yoga studio. Here are all the benefits that yoga can bring to the male body.

Yoga relieves stress. Your workday can include lots of stressed that you keep bottled up with no healthy way to relieve it. By practicing yoga, though, men can turn inwards and employ relaxation techniques that release stored up tension and induce a calmer mood overall.

Yoga improves balance. Many yoga poses require you to stand on one leg, on your toes, on your hands, and in some advanced cases, on your head. For many of us who spend all day seated at desks or doing the same workout routine over and over, yoga stretches and strengthens muscles that don’t get the attention they deserve, thus balancing out the fitness of your whole body.

Yoga improves flexibility & range of motion. Whereas standard reps and cardio increase brute strength, yoga taps into and stretches underutilized muscles that have been barriers to success in other training. Jay Cutler, a former NFL quarterback and modern-day bodybuilding champion, credits yoga for stretching sinews that allowed him to bench press heavier weights.

Yoga sharpens your mind. The introspection that is core part of practicing yoga actually improves cognition. In a 2013 study, researchers found that those who practiced yoga performed significantly better on cognitive agility tests than those who did nothing and those who performed aerobic exercises.

Yoga improves breathing and stamina. A 2012 study from the International Journal of Yoga indicated that regular yoga can help alleviate Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which makes it increasingly difficult to breath. A subsequent study in 2015 found that yoga can also help alleviate the ailments associated with coronary artery disease.

Yoga keeps your body clean. Much of the twisting and contorting that yoga imposes on the body are known to help the body excrete unwanted matter and toxins. Furthermore, regular yoga permeates the rest of your life and makes you more conscious of what you eat, how long you sit, and how much water you’re drinking, all of which improve the chemical composition and purity of your body.
Women have had a monopoly on yoga for much too long. For the sake health, fitness, and mind, men should jump on the yoga bandwagon sooner rather than later.

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